One example is the steer-by-wire system on the new Infiniti Q50, which eliminates the traditional, mechanical link between the steering wheel and the tires. (There is a backup system in case the sedan loses power, though the vehicle last year was subject to a recall linked to the system.)
While there are plenty of skeptics who question the potential for autonomous vehicles, Navigant's study suggests the technology will become the dominant form of automotive transportation down the road.
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"Combinations of advanced driver assistance features that can enable semiautonomous driving are now being brought to market for the first time," said David Alexander, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. "The cost reductions brought about by increasing volumes and technological advances make the installation of the multiple sensors necessary for such capability feasible."
The research firm said the key obstacles to widespread sales of autonomous vehicles are not technological. Instead, they relate to "liability, regulation and legislation."
—By CNBC Contributor Paul A. Eisenstein. Follow him on Twitter
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